WE ARE HERE TO HELP: Grambling Organizations Come Together To Donate To Those In Need Post Hurricane Harvey

With nearly three percent of GSU’s students being from the Houston area, several jumped on board by praying for and assisting those who were affected by the devastating storm.

Several students, the community and alumni are currently working collectively to assist by providing donations to send to many Hurricane Harvey victims.

The university’s Favrot Student Union Board and others developed a campus-wide food and supply drive.

This initiative allows administration, faculty, staff, students, and citizens of surrounding areas to donate clothes, non-perishable food items, toiletries and more!

In a GSU Media Bureau article by Sarah-Renee Garner GSU students Veronica Sanders and Jeffery Harris, both Houston natives explained that they were extremely emotional about the state of their city.

Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath had a direct impact on Harris, who said he knows his life will be changed though his family asked him not to worry while at school.

“I remember hearing the stress and hurt in my mother’s tone as she spoke to tell me they were packing to leave. I could remember hearing the same in my grandmother’s voice as she would tell me, ‘Everything is going to be alright,’” said Harris.

Though he’s concerned about his own family, Harris said it is important that he be a part of gathering donations to help Houstonians and others.

“Hurricane Harvey has affected my family tremendously and it has destroyed our home, car, and washed away our hard-earned belongings,” he said. “Personally, it is a battle everyday trying to cope with the fact of losing so much, but I do manage because I depend on the word  of God … I’m rejoicing that my family’s lives are not lost. God spared them. For that I am eternally thankful.”


Also, Jonique Guidry, whom is an alum of GSU, along with the Black Sapphire Dance Team located in Grambling, came together to collect donations of clothes, water, canned goods, toiletries, baby items, and anything and everything that could help those suffering from the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Guidry said, “This could be you and your family.” “Can you imagine waking up one morning and have to fight for survival and safety, and still lose everything?”

The GSU alum said she will continue to assist those in need in Texas and her hometown, New Orleans.

She went on to say, ‘The time is now, let’s put one foot in front of the other.” We are the people’s strength right now.”


Miss Grambling and her Royal Court are lending a helping hand in any way that they can. They are calling all students and individuals in surrounding communities to help persons affected by Hurricane Harvey through donating blood via the local LifeShare Blood Centers.

The Society of Distinguished Black Women, Inc.

These young ladies are holding a ‘Disaster Donation Drive’ where they are currently accepting clothing, food and medical supplies.




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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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